Lewis Hamilton wins the 2008 F1 title and becomes youngest world champion

Hamilton broke Alonso\'s record to become F1\'s youngest world champion

Hamilton broke Alonso's record to become F1's youngest world champion

Lewis Hamilton has won the 2008 F1 world championship after finishing fifth in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Hamilton has become the youngest ever driver to win the F1 world championship. Aged 23 years and 301 days, he has beaten Fernando Alonso’s record of 24 years 59 days which was set in 2005.

Hamilton is the ninth different British driver to win the world championship and his is the 13th title win by a British driver:

Countries’ champions

1. Britain 13 (Mike Hawthorn, Graham Hill (2), Jim Clark (2), John Surtees, Jackie Stewart (3), James Hunt, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Lewis Hamilton)
2. Brazil 8 (Emerson Fittipaldi (2), Nelson Piquet (3), Ayrton Senna (3))
3. Germany 7 (Michael Schumacher)
4. Argentina 5 (Juan Manuel Fangio)
=5. Australia 4 (Jack Brabham (3), Alan Jones)
=5. Austria 4 (Jochen Rindt, Niki Lauda (3))
=5. France 4 (Alain Prost)
=5. Finland 4 (Keke Rosberg, Mika Hakkinen (2), Kimi Raikkonen)
9. Italy 3 (Giuseppi Farina, Alberto Ascari (2))
=10. United States 2 (Phil Hill, Mario Andretti)
=10. Spain 2 (Fernando Alonso)
=12. New Zealand 1 (Denny Hulme)
=12. South Africa 1 (Jody Scheckter)
=12. Canada 1 (Jacques Villeneuve)

McLaren’s champions

Hamilton is the seventh different driver to win a world championship for McLaren, joining Emerson Fittipaldi, James Hunt, Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna and Mika Hakkinen. The seven won 12 drivers’ titles in total for McLaren.

But Hamilton is only the second British driver to win a title for McLaren – the first being Hunt.

Lewis Hamilton biography

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57 comments on Lewis Hamilton wins the 2008 F1 title and becomes youngest world champion

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  1. Wow!! Anyone got a Valium?

  2. Anyone with a spare heart?

  3. What a race, almost got a heart attack in the end,
    Spare a thought for the poor man though. Almost lost it twice in a row :P

    Congratulations Hamilton!!

  4. Congratulations to Hamilton and McLaren Mercedes, and to this great site… Cheers from Mexico City

  5. Wow what an end. It came down to the last corner to decide the champion.

    Must of been very hard for Massa to put in a perfect peformance but it coming down Glock putting in a bad lap.

    Not fan of Hamilton but he did a good job to win the championship.

  6. Daniel.. said on 2nd November 2008, 19:16

    Fantastic championship, fantastic last race, fantastic last lap. I’m bitterly disappointed with the result, after all we would have been champion hadn’t it rained, but Hamilton deserved the title anyway… The point is: we in Brazil certainly have a great driver to support again… Congratulations for all of you British fans!

  7. In this moment of extreme sorrow and heartbrake for myself and many Ferrari supporters (likewise hamilton haters) worldwide I would like to announce my resignation of posting.
    It was an exciting, heartstopping race, Massa did everything I could possibly ask of him, simply superb. Kimi did everything he needed to, I was over the moon with his performance and likewise fantastic efforts by Alonso and Vettel.
    However, it was Glock who truly ruined, no, destroyed the weekend for all of us.
    I feel Massa’s pain now, I feel Ferrari’s pain right now and on this rather upsetting bombshell I would like to bid farewell to you all.

    Thankyou Keith for an amazing website, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on here and would like to say you have done some amazing stories. Maybe I will see you all in the new season,
    Best Regards, Amy

  8. Congratulations to Hamilton.

    I was on the phone to a mate because I couldn’t watch it after Vettel overtook Hamilton, but I turned round when Massa crossed the line and then I saw an unsightly slow Toyota and my heart dropped. Although it is moments such as the last 5 laps of this race which define what sport is.

    Gutted for Massa and Ferrari, but Hamilton has more points on curtain close, and is WDC for 2008.

  9. it’s a shame it happened to massa cos i think he’s a nice bloke but
    for all the hate that lewis has had from racist idiots the past two years, well it
    was the most sweetest of moments.

    i will watch the last lap for years to come and never forget how good that moment was.

    nice one lewis!!!!!

  10. Haggis said on 2nd November 2008, 19:49

    Congratulations to Lewis, commiserations to Felipe.

    Interesting to note the Trulli and Glock, the only 2 drivers on dry tyres posted identical lap times on the last lap. No question of the championship being thrown – if they’d put wet tyres on, Glock wouldn’t have been ahead of Hamilton in the 1st place.

    Cracking end to the season. Here’s hoping for similar excitement with less controversy next year.

  11. So, off the the gold medal idea for next season, then? ;)

  12. mandy said on 2nd November 2008, 20:20

    Phew!!! Hugely delighted for Lewis, my nerves are in tatters. Good point about Trulli and Glock having identical last lap time as they were on dry tyres, so Lewis critics won’t have any foundation for saying he is undeserving. He won the championship against the rest of the paddock and the FIA. Commiserations to Massa, it was a hard fought battle and a very exciting season. Bring on next season!

  13. Massive LOLs at the Massa family’s premature celebrations then looks of horror as the Ferrari mechanic tells them that Hamilton finished 5th. Best footage of the season.

  14. David Watkins said on 2nd November 2008, 20:21

    Just utter elation. Indescribable.

    Get the DVD and show it proudly to your grandchildren.

  15. stevepCambsUK said on 2nd November 2008, 20:27

    What an amazing end to the F1 season, an hour later im still in shock. Hats off to Ferrari and i do feel their pain but Lewis and Mclaren do deserve the win, ive never witnessed anything like the last 5 laps. 2 laps from the end i was in tears not knowing Glock was on dry tyres and slowing down then when Lewis passed him i was in tears of happiness. I do believe Lewis should of won in his first year even more the reason why he deserves the WDC this yeah.

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